Like so many other places, they’ve chosen to stock the excellent soup from Union of Genius. They had both Lebanese lentil, and bacon, bean and tomato on offer today. I’m a great fan of the lentil, but it was a while since I’d had the other one, so opted for that.
With room for a little over a dozen folks, Fortitude is small but beautifully designed. It feels instantly calm and tranquil. It boasts an excellent stock of retail coffee beans – the best I’ve seen in the city – so coffee is all around.
The wonderfully friendly owners were soon about the task of ladling soup and preparing espresso. The soup was to the usual excellent standard. I really enjoyed the Manna House sea salt and black pepper bread, too.
The espresso, from Workshop, was excellent, too. In a rare departure towards the sweet end of the market I sampled a little pistachio bundt. It was deliciously moist with a lovely subtle flavour.
So overall, Fortitude is a hugely impressive little place. I’m really pleased to see another top-notch coffee shop open up. The owners have made smart decisions on their suppliers, the place is very stylishly kitted out and the welcome is very warm. I look forward to maintaining my status as a regular visitor.
Blythe scores Fortitude Coffee
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 16.5/20
I ate: bacon, bean and tomato soup; pistachio bundt
I drank: espresso, water
I wore: striped purple shirt
Total bill: £6.30